Friday, September 9, 2011

Gypsy Dreams!

I have been away from blog land for a month due to some weird issues with my blog/work accounts! I just got on today and see that there is a fabulous Gypsy Dreams party hosted by the fabulous Celia! Please visit her blog to see all of the participants of this party! I don't even know if I am in time to be a participant but thought I would give it a try:)....and show you some pictures of my favorite little gypsy......

What little gypsies do....

Little gypsies wear cowgirl hats.

Little gypsies walk barefoot through sunflower fields

Little gypsies daydream of magical lands far, far away...

Little gypsies smile at the breeze kissing their face and dancing through their hair...

Little gypsies sigh at the sound of waterfalls, windchimes, and guitar serenades...

Little gypsies are surrounded by ladybugs, butterflies, and shafts of sunlight...

Little gypsies worship the sun, the moon and all of the seasons...

Little gypsies rejoice in living out loud!

Please join the other gypsies at:


Sunday, August 21, 2011

I love the farmers market!!

My husband and I have been going to the farmers market every Saturday morning before going to breakfast for the past month. (kids still sleeping:)

I look forward to it all week!

I love our farmers is one of the best things about living in Iowa.....we truly have the most amazing display of local farmers and artists....the entire market is BURSTING with good things!

I have been trying new recipes with the produce that I have been bringing home....

Zucchini Bread (even the kids love it!)

Rubarb Bread

Tomato Basil Salad (divine)

Blueberry crisp (omg)

Corn & Bean salad (with tomato and feta cheese)

Grilled veggies (including eggplant which I had never tried before:)

Sweet potato with rosemary biscuits (from scratch!) yum!

Creamy tomato and basil soup (from scratch)

I am now in the process of canning and freezing for the winter.

I feel like I should get an apron and start raising chickens!!

Tonight my parents are coming was their anniversary last week so we are making them dinner!

The Menu:

Grilled chicken (with a honey mustard/rosemary glaze)

Roasted rosemary potatoes with goat cheese

Peaches & Cream corn on the cob

Watermellon (which is AMAZING!!)

Blueberry Crisp and homemade ice cream

Strawberry/lime ice tea (until we switch to wine)

Bon Appetit!!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A bouquet for you!

Lately you will find me~


Cleaning floors and shopping for new carpet

Harvesting herbs~basil, rosemary, lavender, catnip

Making Pesto!

Watching HGTV (while I am painting)

Getting Max (and me) ready to go back to school :(

Meeting my friends at night for wine (with paint in my hair)

Watching hummingbirds

Did I mention painting?

Making flower bouquets with the flowers growing in my garden

Dreading going back to work!

Reading the book "50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do"

Realizing I could have written that book

Researching the best name for my new canary arriving in a few days ;)

Going crazy with all the painting we have taken on right before school starts


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Life is Art!

My friend and fabulous designer, Jennifer Stackhouse Agan, had this on her blog and I had to steal it! Check her out here :

Have a fabulous weekend my loves!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Vacation Snapshots!

Vacation Highlights

Frank-Train into NYC, Broadway, Curly's Cafe, Grand Central Station

Me-Bus tour of NYC, Seeing Mary Poppins on Broadway, Family Game Nights, Making and racing sailboats, swinging on hammock, Salem!

Erin-NYC, Mary Poppins, Salem

Anne-Mary Poppins, Kayaking, Monkey Trunks Zip Lines, Rocks in Maine, Salem

Max-Monkey Trunks Zip Lines, Rocks in Maine, Survival knife Frank got me in Maine, the Army Barracks in Salem with Frank, catching fish with Opa, hammock, Legoland, eating lobster,

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Where has the time gone!!

Hello my friends!! HELLOooooooooo!!!

I am here....

I have missed you madly!

We returned from our annual Family Road Trip about a week and a half ago...

...but have been overwhelmingly busy since our return.....

I will post a few of my favorite vacation pictures tonight!

Happy to be back and look forward to a glass of wine and reading your blogs soon!!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Magic Fort Inspiration

I am in the mood to make another magic fort

But I have a list a mile long of grown up things to do:)

So for the next two minutes....I will just sip my coffee and swoon at these pictures....